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Old 7/27/12, 11:14 AM
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Next-Gen Ford F-150 May Use Aluminum Body

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Enter The Wall Street Journal, which reports that the next Ford F-150 will bow in 2014 with a body largely made from aluminum. The WSJ says that the move will help Ford hit government-mandated fuel economy guideline, and save as much as 700 pounds from the F-150′s curb weight.
There are a couple of issues with this, of course. Truck buyers are notoriously leery of changes to their vehicles that could sacrifice towing/hauling or overall strength. But the success of the downsized EcoBoost engine — coincidentally made out of aluminum — would suggest that fuel economy might win over more buyers than perceived strength. Ford is also keen to remind everyone that the lower control arms of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor – Ford’s toughest truck in terms of off-road capability — are also made of aluminum, as are all F-150 hoods made since 2004.
The other issue is cost: adding huge amounts of aluminum to the traditionally steel-based Ford F-150 could jack up the price by some $1500, a price hike not everyone will welcome. The 2012 Ford F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6, in rear-drive form, is EPA-rated for 17/23 mpg city/highway while the four-wheel-drive 2012Ford Raptor with a 6.2-liter V-8 is good for 11/16 mpg.
Ford wouldn’t confirm the authenticity of the rumor, calling it “premature,” but added that “we’re already a leader in using aluminum in full-size pickups, and we’re constantly looking to use technology to improve fuel economy.”
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This one looks great.
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Something about that reminds me of the Nissan Titan
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fwiw, Dan Roth on the Autoblog Podcast tonight was speculating that we'll see Aluminum and Composites both in the next F-150.
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2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum-Bodied Prototype Spotted Testing



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Well my aluminum tailgate panel is for ****. Thanks Ford. If you actually use the truck for work it will dent.
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Old 9/12/12, 07:40 PM
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I guess you'll be buying a Toyota Tundra from now on?
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I guess you'll be buying a Toyota Tundra from now on?
No I'll just ***** about my Ford. Still better than what's out there.
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The new Ram is pretty nice ...
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The new Ram is pretty nice ...
I had a goat back in '96. Fell apart at 50,000 miles.
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My experience with Chrysler is little better ... I only had one (1997 Dodge Intrepid) from 2000-2008 and it lasted me for about 108,000 miles. I sold it when I bought my Fusion. It was ready for the junkyard anyways. Horrible reliability and even worse gas mileage for a 3.5L V6 engine (~14-15 mpg city).
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I had a '99? Chrysler Concorde that all the window motors went out on within three months of each other. That was the end of Chrysler for me.
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Great looking car. Mechanically its the same as my Intrepid was and its great to drive for longer distances.
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